Could the United States be getting a performance version of the smart fortwo microcar? It sounds possible, as reports floating around on the web indicate that smart will be offering the BRABUS-tunes fortwo to reservation holders in the States who have yet to complete their car's configuration. It's possible that Americans will get the uprated 98-horsepower turbocharged inline three cylinder engine from the European market car, which would be a welcome power boost over the standard car's 70-horsepower. Another possibility is that the BRABUS body and suspension modifications are all we'll get. Either way, the package should add some more style and sportiness to the city car, with its lowered suspension, alloy wheels and tuned exhaust system.

Even if we do get the turbo engine, fuel mileage in the combined European cycle is still 45 miles per U.S. gallon - not too shabby at all. Acceleration improves with a 0-60 run of less than 10 seconds and top speed is listed at 96 miles per hour. Those looking for the best economy possible, though, will most likely want to stick with the standard model. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for more.

[Source: All Cars All The Time, smart of america]

A special announcement from smart USA

Dear smart USA Reservation Holder,
smart USA has an exciting announcement to make! The very popular and sporty smart fortwo BRABUS model will make its debut in the United States beginning in February 2009, and you will have the opportunity to be one of the first customers to own this exciting vehicle.

All current reservation holders who have not yet been invited to configure their vehicles will have the opportunity to request to convert their current reservation to a smart fortwo BRABUS model beginning Thursday evening at 5pm PST, October, 23, 2008. This special offer will only be available for a limited time, and only a limited quantity of BRABUS models will be available, so be sure to check your email on Thursday, October 23, 2008, for model information, pricing and reservation instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact smart Customer Service by email or at (800.762.7887).
The smart USA Team.

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